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Joel Osteen, the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, received criticism from what seemed like the entire internet, as he was accused of keeping the doors to his massive megachurch closed while flood victims had nowhere to stay.
The church responded to the criticism soon after by opening its doors for anyone who needed shelter. However, just days later, it got itself in trouble again, as it collected donations from the flood victims.
It started with Lisa Osteen, Joel's sister, on stage asking anyone who was affected by Harvey to stand up.
Many of the flood victims then stood up.
They then prayed for the victims.
Then, they began collecting donations from the congregation.
Viewers of this video clearly didn't appreciate this, as the video has received hundreds of dislikes and not many likes.
Here are some of the YouTube comments:
Users on Twitter also returned to attacking the church and its millionaire pastor.
Houston didn't have to ask these helpers to step up. pic.twitter.com/qa9ioH1VyF
— scha·den·freu·de (@BlisterPearl) September 3, 2017
It's authentic. Joel Osteen's church asked flood victims for donations at a service Weds. night. See the folks near end passing out plates? pic.twitter.com/0zfu6UEbWN
— Charles Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) September 2, 2017
— Terry Holt (@THOLT8) August 30, 2017
— deathandtaxes (@DeathAndTaxes) September 5, 2017
Joel Osteen is reportedly worth $40 million, which is the source for a lot of the controversy.